Calling all Mike Leigh fans
Uncover the magic behind Mike Leigh’s working process
as told by the man himself and the people who work with him.
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About the ebook
From Vera Drake to Happy-Go-Lucky, Naked to Mr. Turner, nobody creates a truly lived-in cinematic world like Mike Leigh. His unique directorial process, involving months of rehearsal, has long been a source of intrigue.
Our new ebook, Peterloo in Process: A Mike Leigh collaboration, pulls back the curtain on how Leigh builds films in which every frame feels real and full of life. We’ve interviewed all of Leigh’s central team on his new film, Peterloo: not just the actors, but also the heads of department he’s collaborated with for years. We uncover how Leigh’s process involves rehearsal and improvisation, historical research, and collective brainstorming across all departments.
Snag our eBook and learn how some of the most profound character studies of the last four decades came to fruition.
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Preview the book with our in-depth discussion of Peterloo and the highlights of the insights we gained from Mike Leigh and his collaborators.
Inside the ebook
- A run-down on the historical context behind Peterloo
- An essay on how Peterloo upends the political period piece
- An interview with Mike Leigh
- An interview with cinematographer Dick Pope
- An interview with actor Maxine Peake
- An interview with actor Rory Kinnear
- An interview with makeup designer Christine Blundell
- An interview with costume designer Jacqueline Durran
- An interview with production designer Suzie Davies
- An interview with editor Jon Gregory
About the authors
Alex Heeney is the Editor-in-Chief of Seventh Row. As a film critic and engineer by training, she takes a systems approach to film criticism — looking at all the collaborators in the filmmaking process and how they fit together — which has been the inspiration for all of Seventh Row’s ebooks.
Orla is a filmmaker and film critic, with a wealth of experience interviewing multiple department heads for films (e.g. Lean on Pete and On Chesil Beach) to piece together how these collaborations work and how the pieces all fit together.